New themes and old web sites

As many know I’ve been using WordPress for web site design for a number of years now. This years ambitious project was Cowichan Valley Photos, a WordPress site using the Atahualpa theme. The theme is very flexible and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for great flexibility in the design process.  Having questionably mastered the Atahualpa theme I decided to update my large Gulf Islands web site The Gulf Islands Guide using Atahualpa as well. What a difference! This is the fifth design update in the past 11 years and seems to make the site look a little more modern but at the same time open up more possibilities for advertising. I’m looking for design number 1, hopefully I can locate it!

Is the design better? It’s really hard to compare the sites as the internet has changed so much in the past decade. The earliest sites had to work with a maximum screen resolution of 600×800 and most of us either didn’t have internet access or were on a painfully slow dial up connection. The new site is designed for a width of 1280 and assumes that most people now have high speed connections although I realize that many still don’t. Platforms like WordPress are now available and searchable databases are the norm.

How things have changed!

The Gulf Islands Guide 2009

The Gulf Islands Guide 2009

The Gulf Islands Guide 2008

The Gulf Islands Guide 2008

The Gulf Islands Guide 2001

The Gulf Islands Guide 2001

The Gulf Islands Guide 2000

The Gulf Islands Guide 2000

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4 Responses to “New themes and old web sites”

  1. Deborah Godin says:

    This was really interesting to see all the past formats you’ve had, since I joined you only recently. And as one whose computer “skills” are so minimal that every update is cause for hand-wringing anxiety, I stand in awe of what you have accomlished!
    .-= Deborah Godin´s last blog ..SKYWATCH FRIDAY – Last and First Moon (Lake Erie) =-.

  2. kevin says:

    Hi Deborah,

    It was interesting for me to dig out the old images as well. The worst thing about this is when you think of the countless hours spent designing sites that only have a lifespan of a couple years. I’m hoping I can get more time out of the new site as WordPress is much more flexible.

  3. Lynn Wiles says:

    Kevin,
    I have been wondering where you had disappeared to and now I know that you have been very busy changing everything around. Glad you didn’t drop off the face of the earth.
    Lynn
    .-= Lynn Wiles´s last blog ..Triangular Nature =-.

    kevin Reply:

    Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for stopping by. Still here on planet earth keeping busy. I’m heading over to your site to see what you’ve been up to.

    Cheers

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